spirituality

* THE THREE HINDU GODDESSES – their gifts *

Copyrighted material by Rima Desai

I promised to speak more about other Deities. We have in the past few weeks, explored the idea of Deities incarnated on Earth, looking like ‘regular’ human beings. I have spoken a lot about Shiv-Durga’s presence and this entire Earth Change, Earth’s Healing aka COVID deeply related to it also, activated by Shiva’s massive Kundalini Awakening as the 3rd eye opens!

A quick recap – Goddess Durga who has now ascended to the calmer form aka Goddess Ambe is regarded the Universal Mother. She has powers of the Moon – a Strong Water Sign, she aims to protect, support and guide women and children. She has natural parenting, mothering, nurturing skills and a very strong Mars aka courage as found in the hearts of Mothers. A mother will do anything to protect her child, will take risks, be bold, speak up, fight if needed!

Durga/Maa Ambe is called the Ardh (half) form of Shiv(a) as being born from him aka the Universal Father as per Hinduism. She balances the feminine and masculine energies along with Shiv. We witness strong shades of femininity in Shiv and strong shades of masculinity in Durga. Durga is a strong water (moon, emotions) element while embodying the balance of all the other 3 elements in her (air, fire, earth).

We find the element of Ethers strong in all the chief Deities, in differing levels with one of the highest being in Shiv’s existence! All the Goddesses will posses differing levels of strength in EACH element with some being their predominant elements, followed by the other elements in varied proportions.

Talking more to Saraswati and Lakshmi. Goddess Saraswati is here to protect ‘knowledge’, ‘scriptures’, ‘classical arts’ and continue the tradition of self-connection by cultivating deep connection through classical arts and traditional, ancient knowledge. In the human form we see her a strong Fire Sign who values higher knowledge, continued learning and education above everything else. She is also a keen listener. You will find her being more traditional in her attire, bringing to light the most classical form of Indian culture. Music, words, knowledge flow through her easily. She has a stronger masculine side, high fire element, followed by water.

Goddess Lakshmi on the other hand is the powerful Air Sign- blessed with a strong Venus – the lover of art, trade, wealth, health and human interaction. Libra is the sign of BALANCE. Lord Lakshmi teaches us to balance our material and spiritual side, balance our give-take in human relations, be more tolerant of each other, value the ‘good’ in everyone and easily attract abundance. She is the most feminine of all the 3 Goddesses, high air element, followed by fire.

While Shiv-Durga, may be ‘extremists’ in their focus on spirituality, wisdom, philosophy and values and be too intense for some, Devi Lakshmi connects more deeply to ‘Earthiness’ of things- the Real Deal in the day to day and how to make it work for you while Devi Saraswati teaches the importance of our Mental Body aka Intelligence.

‚ú®ūüēČLord Shiv and Durga are called the #Universal Father (Sun’s powers) and Mother (Moon’s powers) within the Hindu mythology. They are excellent to pray for Wisdom, Courage, Will power, inner strength, Resilience, Emotional I.Q., Parenting

‚ú®ūüēČLord Lakshmi and Vishnu are excellent to pray for Balance and Harmony in life + in human relationships,Good Health and lots of Financial Prosperity/conveniences (with good intentions).

‚ú®ūüēČLord Saraswati and Brahma are excellent to pray for Memory, Focus, Concentration, Education, knowledge, Intelligence aka mental functions.

While all deities have higher order values in general, they specialize in these core areas while being on their own higher ascension.

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PARENTING

HOW CRUCIAL IS IT TO HAVE MORE THAN ONE CHILD?

Are you worried to have just ONE CHILD? Read my article below to know how it is O-K-A-Y to have NONE, ONE or MORE CHILDREN. You are not the one WHO DECIDES THEIR DESTINY.. read the powerful article by me from my other blog link below:download

http://www.mycity4kids.com/parenting/parenting-booth/article/single-child-or-more-a-powerful-and-introspective-message

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‪#‎Religion‬ ‪#‎Fanatic‬ beliefs ‪#‎Meat‬ or No meat? Who is ‪#‎God‬?

Very annoyed with a Parent who has been teaching this Child all kinds of
DONT- DOs because GOD WILL GET ANGRY if you DO!!

What is the concept of God you paint in a child’s mind? And the reasons you give a child for not doing something? Think again when you tell your child – “Don’t eat meat because God will be angry.” Really?! Seriously? This your so called Strategy?” Tell the child, not to eat because it hurts animals, not because s/he has to PLEASE GOD. And saying that God gets Angry and Judges your actions cancels the concept of God totally! It is funny what we teach our children. . . and as they grow into adults, leave the choice to your children. There is ZERO point in FORCING anyone to do anything.

If you yourself as a Parent, don’t eat meat because your religion tells you that you will go to HELL, well, HELL and HEAVEN are in our minds. If inside your mind you feel that you want to eat meat but this is the only reason you don’t, then you are SUPPRESSING your desires and gaining no PUNYA out of it.

No religion on Earth ever, ever, ever teaches to do something by FORCE. Never ever! All those shanatic beliefs about what religions says YOU MUST AND MUST DO are CREATED and Passed on by Humans.

And there are 1000s of people who don’t eat meat but have the cruelest thoughts and intentions. They think ill and do ill to others, what is the point then?

I grew up seeing some of these highly NAME-SAKE religious people with the dirtest minds.. and they would be chanting in the temple and at the same time judging every1 who entered the temple and torturing people who live with them.

Would you rather vote for someone eating meat who is genuine, honest, kind and good overall Or some1 who doesn’t eat meat but is greedy, selfish, cruel to others?

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parent of the month

The Biography of a Fearless Parent

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Parent of the Month (July 2015):¬†Deepak Chheda: aka ‘BHAISHREE’

“The waves of the sea tide high and low to test the strengths within you. They rise up high to see if you can fly when you cannot swim. They bow down low when they know that you shall glow even through a whole bunch of grey clouds!” ~ Dedicated to Dad by Rima D.

It is tough enough to be a Parent, think of being a Single Parent to two young girls with no real career or earning to begin with. In a NEED TO GET INSPIRED?! Read how this parent fearlessly faced all the challenges that life hunted him with…

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Dad was just about to be 34 years when Mom’s sudden demise struck him with immense shock and grief. Then, he had an older daughter at 9 years and me at 6 years. Call it trauma or chaos, he not only had two daughters to care for but also an immense financial burden.

I still remember the day when I was¬†wondering why people all around me are all dressed in white and why they are all crying. What would I understand at 6 years of age? One of the following day, there¬†was¬†an¬†exaggerated¬†silence in our extended living room. Dad was sitting quiet on the 2-3¬†seater sofa we had – the only furniture that accompanied the long room. Everything seemed empty, not only¬†our hearts, but also our home, and it¬†felt like even¬†the dead living room was crying to be more ‘busy’. I was wearing my white and red two-piece night dress with red hearts on the pockets, beautiful frills. It was my favorite dress. I asked dad – “Where is mom?” He sat there with no response. I can only imagine, how life’s painful demands must have blown upon dad like a loud, commanding trumpet that¬†shakes us from our dearest dream. But he made it through…!

I have seen Dad take heavy loans in an attempt to give us just basic living. We lived in a huge home which was granted by grandpa but besides of that, we literally struggled for even basic clothes or good food. People judged us from the home we had and thought we were rich. We also lived in a suburb that belonged to the elite class since grandpa built his home there and we had cousins that were truly¬†very well off.¬†Our family was socially¬†knit and religiously driven. Hence¬†we had several rituals to attend many times in a month¬†and when all of this is put together, dad had a lot to keep up to: The worry of¬†building his business from scratch, educating his daughters while on a heavy loan, having someone take care of us after school (since school ended by 1pm);¬† get us enough clothes to keep up with the family and religious rituals, have maids to help us with house work – which was always a huge challenge, and¬†a lot more… I remember his tears and worry when his very own close family members wanted to snatch our home and have us come on the streets. Dad had a legal battle to win to save his two daughters from being homeless, I remember that day when, the little child became his parent and said – “It will be okay dad” but inside my heart, I was hurt, scared, in anger. I remember tons of days of darkness, sadness, struggles in our lives where dad had to fight many social, emotional and financial battles…

I don’t think even a 100 pages can suffice for what I would want to express or vent you may say. I can say that no matter what faults others find, I can vouch for what he did right!¬†In spite of massive financial burden and almost no support from outside, he gave us the best education. He put us in the most competitive and¬†expensive school in one of the most elite areas of the prestigious¬†Mumbai City!

That education has today led me to be this person who is writing on this blog, serving the community, and build a personality that can adapt to any cultural backdrop across the world. I haven’t had a problem conversing in English and interacting with the¬†general public¬†across different countries. My School played big role in it!
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I am honored to have learnt some amazing things from dad:

  1. Excellent Organizational Skills:¬†Until date,¬†I haven’t met anyone who can beat dad in his organizational skills.

  2. Social Skills: Over the years, I saw dad as very sociable. He was friendly, helpful and was quick to make them feel comfortable and good about themselves.

  3. Hard work and the value of being Responsible: Maybe there are people more hardworking than my dad or maybe there aren’t! I cannot owe him enough to teach me this important¬†value. Dad gave his best swim across the tough tides of life. He never backed from his responsibilities¬†even when¬†he had several strong enemies in his business and life.¬†I witnessed him face them all with great courage.

  4. God-fearing and religious – Dad exposed us to deep religious knowledge of Jainism and its rituals. Sometimes it felt like it was too much for a child but today I cherish those experiences and knowledge. It has imparted great wisdom and strength into me. He believed in God and taught us values like being kind, never eat animals, etc.. By belief in God and by modelling courage, he taught us to be Brave and Optimistic in life.

  5. Skills with Kids: Dad is just super with kids. He did great in having cousins stay overnight, arranging games and activities with them, teaching us in fun yet educational ways, entertaining the younger tots, etc. I subconsciously learnt a lot about playing with kids by watching dad over the years.

  6. Have the Faith: Dad taught without the use of words, that having faith and having an optimistic ‘expectation’ out of Life, always leads us to a ‘good’ place. He always taught me – “Never fear”.

  7. Strong cultural roots: I learnt to interact with elders, be courteous, be rooted to my homeland, to my religion, culture, be curious of other cultures, etc all from dad through his wise advices and by observing him.

  8. Business Skills: I have observed him to be an honest, fierce and powerful businessman.

I have learnt a lot from him and still continue to. No parent is perfect and no parent should be, because all that matters if we are bonded with ‘Love’. Love makes it Perfect.

“Dad I am Honored for all that I have learnt from you. You deserve all the success that is coming to You for Jee¬†and me know how much you have invested into us and into life! We love You Unconditionally and so do your Grand-children”. Also, a Big Thank You to Jinal di for participating in this and for being a great sister through and through all the years till now”.

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Elder Daughter: JINAL

“Whatever I am today is only and only because of my Father. A highly organized person and extremely dedicated to his duties he has brought us up in a very cultured and disciplined environment. Playing the role of a mother and father is not easy. We have seen hardships he has faced in order to raise us so diligently. Spiritual and honest in his ways, he has given us a strong base to face the outside world. He always wears a smile and his simplicity adds a charm to his personality.

He can be like a child with his grandchildren and mold himself easily to his surroundings. Words are not enough¬†to say or justify¬†what I owe to him. Also Dad, Sarthak¬†receives so much joy learning and playing with you”.

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A sincere and heartfelt¬†‘THANK YOU’ to you Dad for all that you have done for us. Love You!

        HBDD

BHAISHREE’S PARENTS – My Grandparents :))

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BHAISHREE’S ACTIVITIES

Dad continues to live independently by himself since 9 years now. He is as active as before but is living a simpler and a much more religious life now. He is now fiercely active in the Jain religious spectrum with his organization https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Jain-Foundation-IJF-Mumbai/

He is working towards creating more awareness of and support for the Jain Sect. His recent, Jain event in Mumbai was embraced with a huge sucess. He is commonly and respectfully referred to as ‘Bhaishree’ by all who know him in recognition of the work he is doing for the Jain Community. This name has been ‘gifted’ to him by a Jain Monk.

 
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